Edited Press Release
After his impressive performance in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline, California-based Arrogate finds himself alone atop the second edition of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017, ahead of Australian superstar mare Winx.
In Dubai, Arrogate (rated 134) missed the break and put in a last-to-first performance under jockey Mike Smith. The 4-year-old colt caught Gun Runner (123) in the stretch to win by a comfortable 2 ¼ lengths. Arrogate, the 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse, started his 2017 season with an easy victory in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes over Shaman Ghost (119), who went on to win the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in his next start.
Sitting just behind Arrogate in the latest rankings is Winx (132), who has won 17 consecutive races. Most recently, she defeated Hartnell (123) by 5 ¼ lengths in the LONGINES Queen Elizabeth Stake. Winx, who finished 2016 as the highest rated turf horse and highest rated filly/mare in the world, also has notched victories in the China Horse Club George Ryder, TAB Chipping Norton Stakes and The Star Apollo Stakes this year.
With their efforts thus far in 2017, both Arrogate and Winx have already equaled the ratings they finished on in 2016. Both are scheduled to have a layoff before returning to the track later this year.
Arrogate was not the only runner to put in a memorable run on the Dubai World Cup card. Others included Jack Hobbs (123), who won the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, and American-trained Mind Your Biscuits (119), who took the Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored By Gulf News.
The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are compiled by the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA). See the full Longines World’s Best Racehorse rankings through April 9 here.